Police heaved a sigh of relief with dreaded gangster Gaurav Sharma alias Goru Bachcha’s arrest by the special task force in Amritsar on Wednesday. The accused was a headache for Ludhiana Police.
Committing crimes with utmost audacity, the gangster flaunted his political links and terrorised city residents with no fear of law.
Jail term was never a deterrent to him, for he used to get bail and commit crime again.
A total of 18 cases, including murder, attempt to murder and rape have been registered against him. He hit the headlines when he committed a murder and then was again booked for murder attempt.
Goru Bachcha’s name first appeared in police records in 2009. Shimlapuri police arrested him with illegal weapons and lodged a case under the Arms Act. The jail term failed to mend his ways, and he indulged in criminal activities soon after coming out on bail.
After this, a case of rape was registered against him at Sadar station in 2009. In 2010, he was again booked in two cases of attempt to murder at Model Town and Division Number 5 stations. A case under the Arms Act was also registered against him at Model Town police station.
In 2011, he was arrested for hatching a loot conspiracy, by Model Town police. In 2013, Salem Tabri police booked him for snatching. He was also for attempt to murder by Government railway Police (GRP) and Nakodar police. In January 2016, he was booked for hatching loot conspiracy, by Model Town police.
His name surfaced again on April 7, 2016, when he gunned down autorickshaw driver Vikrant Kumar in Dugri. Two-and-a-half months after this on June 23, Bachcha fired six bullets at his friend-turned-foe Johny Lamba at Manjit Nagar near Engine Shed and fled. Bachcha suspected that Johny was passing information about him to police. But, Johny survived the bullet injuries.
He had also flaunted about his ties with Student Organisation of India (SOI) — student wing of Shiromani Akali Dal — by installing hoardings carrying his pictures with SAD and SOI leaders. SOI district president Jeevan Sekha was also arrested for sheltering him.
Name used to extort money, evade arrest
On July 3, a man claiming him to be Goru Bachcha tried to extort money from a city trader. He demanded Rs 5 lakh from the factory owner and threatened to kill him if he failed to give him the money. On being informed, police laid a trap and arrested the accused, who was later identified as Sunil Kumar alias Sony (26) of Field Ganj.
On July 9, a man, Vijaypal Ghugga of Haibowal, suffered bullet injury in an accidental fire as his illegal weapon went off. To evade police action for possessing illegal weapon, he told the police that two unidentified men opened fire at him and fled.
He said he suspected Goru Bachcha was behind the attack. Later, police solved the case claiming that the man concocted a story.
Used new SIM card in every city
Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) special task force Maninder Bedi, who arrested the accused from Amritsar, said, “After attacking Johny Lamba, Bachcha fled to Gurgaon from the city. Later, he moved to Sirsa, Jaipur, Delhi, Jawalaji in Himachal Pradesh and Amritsar. He used to procure new SIM card in every city, and throw the old SIM card after moving to the next place.
He had also challenged Davinder Shooter alias Davinder Bambiha and his accomplices
for gunfight in Tarn Taran, but the special task force arrested him.
The forces has arrested five gangster, including Inderjit Singh and Goru Bachcha that were wanted by Ludhiana police in separate criminal cases.
Man kills self alleging harassment by police
On April 29, Inderpal Singh Ahuja , 26, of LIG colony, Dugri, ended his life by jumping in front of train, alleging harassment by police for his alleged links with Goru Bachcha. Ahuja had a mobile phone recharge shop. Bachcha used to visit his shop for recharging his number.